U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono is out with a new television advertisement in her Democratic campaign for U.S. Senate that ties former Gov. Linda Lingle, her Republican opponent, to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Th ad uses audio of Lingle telling voters at a Laie rally earlier this month that she would personally vote for Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.
The ad also describes Lingle as a co-chair of the Romney campaign, a description that has aggravated Lingle in the past. Lingle is an honorary co-chair of the Jewish Americans for Romney Coalition.
Lingle, who needs independents and moderate Democrats to compete, has been telling voters that they can choose to re-elect Hawaii-born President Barack Obama and support her over Hirono for Senate.
*Update: Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager, issued this response on Thursday:
Because she has no accomplishments for Hawaii, Hirono is trying to distract voters with discussion of anything but her own lackluster record. Since zero bills she sponsored have become law and she missed 144 votes this year alone, Hirono’s D.C.-style campaign is orchestrated with national party talking points which are being repeated verbatim across the country.
There is nothing original here, but the voters can see through her smoke and mirrors to reveal an ineffective Congresswoman, hiding from her non-existant record. Despite Hirono’s own extreme party allegiance, Governor Lingle has stated time and again that she will not go to Washington to work for President Obama, Mitt Romney, Harry Reid, or Mitch McConnell. She will work for the people who sent her there, as an independent, bipartisan leader.